The Paris Stunt

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The Paris Stunt

French director Claude Lelouch speaks in the Master Class during the Pusan International Film Festival in Pusan, south of Seoul, on Oct. 10, 2007.

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

This stunt didn't involve any heights or jumps, but it's one of the most famous car stunts ever pulled off. In 1978, a short film director named Claude Lelouch wanted to film himself racing through the streets of Paris. The problem was this: He didn't get any permits to stop traffic or close the roads.

Instead, Lelouch strapped a camera to the bumper of a Mercedes-Benz and started on a 9-minute wild ride on the streets of Paris at 5:00 in the morning. He dodged traffic, drove on the sidewalk, whisked around the Arc de Triomphe and went against one-way traffic -- all at speeds up to 140 miles per hour (225.3 kilometers per hour). He never stopped the car during the entire ride and treated everything in his path as an object to avoid. After almost 10 minutes of high-speed, terrifying driving, Lelouch parks his car at the Sacré-Coeur Basilica just as a woman ran up the stairs to meet him for a date. Lelouch opened his film to the public, and was arrested after the first showing for endangering the citizens of Paris during his reckless driving stunt.

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